This year’s E3 kicked off today and Microsoft was the first to hold their keynote event wherein they made it clear they plan to expand the Xbox 360 in ways that may draw in some of the folks who find Nintendo’s Wii so appealing. They introduced a new 3D motion sensing/voice/facial recognition add-on for the 360 that they claim will make you into the controller. In essence it provides the same full body interaction the Nintendo Wii does and more without the need for any controller at all. Check it:
If the final product does half of what they’re promising in that video it may very well give the Wii a run for its money. That’ll be especially true if they package it in as a bundle with some systems. If it manages to pull off everything in that video it’ll be an amazing bit of technology.
Personally I don’t find that system of control all that appealing for the same reasons I don’t enjoy the Wii all that much. I do look forward to hearing many stories of how Xbox 360 owners—in a repeat of what new Wii owners went through—ending up with a lot of broken TV sets from jumping around and kicking at them. With the Wii it was a matter of people losing their grip on their Wiimotes and chucking them through the screen. With this new controller for the Xbox it’ll undoubtedly be shoes flung off while kicking soccer balls or some such thing.
Found via Boing Boing Offworld.